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Managed Pressure Drilling Design & Operations

Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) actively controls annular pressure to enable uninterrupted drilling through formations and reservoirs that present problems related to abnormal and sub-normal pressure regimes and geomechanical stresses. Pressure control is maintained with a combination of fluid density, circulating friction, and surface pressure adjustments. MPD is an evolving technology that can solve a wide range of problems, including differential sticking, unstable formations, well bore ballooning, lost circulation, and loss-kick situations.

Course Description
In this 5-day course, we explain current MPD methods, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of each approach to determine which is most suitable for a particular well section. You will learn how to determine a well section’s “anchor point” and then to select the appropriate fluid system, set operating boundaries, specify the correct equipment, and prepare the drilling program. We will also discuss project economics and analyze numerous case studies. By the end of the course, you will be able to understand and apply screening criteria for MPD candidate selection, design principles for MPD wells, and the basic principles of operating an MPD well.

Who Should Attend
This course targets operating and service company managers, engineers, and supervisory personnel who are tasked with safely and cost effectively designing, implementing, and managing MPD projects.

Training Testimonials
"[I gained a] greater understanding of MPD as it can be implemented and classified. I also really learned from class discussions""Personally believe it is an excellent training program, I now have a wider view of engineering and operations.""Great technical explanation. Solved many doubts and gray areas in MPD..."

What You Will Learn
Participants will learn to apply screening criteria for MPD candidate selection, design principles for MPD wells, and the basic principles of managed pressure operations, including:

  • Identification of operational solutions MPD can provide
  • When and where to use the appropriate MPD technique
  • How choke control, mud weights and pump rates affect the point of constant annular pressure
  • How to optimize your 'MPD mud weight'
  • Differences between conventional and MPD well control practices
  • A review of the current state of the art for MPD equipment and control systems
  • A review of MPD operations and best practices


Highly Qualified Instructors
Blade's highly experienced instructors have planned and executed some of the most challenging MPD wells in the industry and are regarded by their peers as being at the forefront of MPD technology.

Please contact training@blade-energy.com for course times and costs.

Scheduled Course Dates

Jun 5-9, 2017 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Register
Sep 25-29, 2017 - Houston, Texas Register
Nov 12-16, 2017 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates Register

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